What Can I Do?
Here are some things that we can all do beginning now, with step by step guidance. (Also, join an Action Group!)
Sounds almost too simple, but TALK about the climate crisis with your family and friends.
Everything we do counts.
Right now, act to protect Women and Girls: She Decides.
From Medium, a great resource for articles: So, What Can I Do?
Low- and no-cost tips to use less energy (and see if you qualify for a free energy kit!)
Use fewer products containing palm oil. It is in far too many products – learn more
Use alternative weed killers instead of glyphosates
Change behaviors to reduce emissions: Seven Pathways to Achieve Climate Impact
Find your path to advance global regeneration.
Here is excellent advice on a preparedness kit
How can I reduce my carbon footprint?
What are carbon offsets and how do they work?
Where can I buy carbon offsets?
* 11 Best and Popular US Carbon Offset Providers
* Gold Standard
* Climate Friendly
Make sure your carbon offsets actually do offset carbon. Anyone offering carbon offsets will be certified by rigorous third-party auditors like Green-e (their website also has great info).
1. Backyard Carbon Sequestration Is Something Nearly Everyone Can Do
2. What Does Synthetic Fertilizer Have to Do with It?
And eat better, too!
Even a Small Garden Can Have a Big Effect – excellent resources to empower you to grow your own food
Food Not Lawns – international movement of folks who want to grow edible neighborhoods, build community food security, and thrive
Wildfires are ruinous – so how to stop them happening in the first place?
Ashland FireWise – how you can reduce risks to your own home
Fire Adapted Communities – how your community can reduce risks
Reducing Fire Risk on Your Forest Property – what to do if you own woodlands
Get trained to reduce the fire danger in public or private forests
Proforestation Mitigates Climate Change and Serves the Greatest Good – how preserving and expanding our existing natural forests is the best solution
Nextdoor’s free offerings – offerings from your neighbors
Craigslist’s free offerings – more offerings from your neighbors
Trash Nothing – an alternate interface for existing freecycle groups around the world
Green Groundswell – prolific blog about changing and adopting a sustainable way of living, working, and sharing the earth
No More Disposable Plastic! – how to bring home less disposable plastic
Sustainability Store – free directory dedicated to expanding the market for environmentally and socially responsible products and services
300 ‘How to Guides’ – share more in your community
50 easy hacks to change your life in 2020 – improve your life AND the global climate
Hemp: The Natural Response to Plastic Pollution – NOT to be confused with marijuana, hemp is now legal in the USA, Canada, China, the EU, and elsewhere
Avoid canned air – even the best ones contain difluoroethane, which is 140 times worse than carbon dioxide – the worst ones contain tetrafluoroethane, 1,300 times worse
- Community Compost
- Rogue Valley Compost, Phone: 541-301-3426. We provide a weekly residential pickup of food scraps. Instead of taking the scraps to the landfill, we donate them to small local farms or local businesses, where they are used to create compost. By signing up for our Community Compost service, you reduce the waste in our local landfill and provide a great benefit to local farmers.
- Institute for Local Self-Reliance
- Backyard Compost
An important thing we can all do is Reduce Food Waste.
And more – embrace Zero Waste.
- Consider buying an Electric Vehicle – and see Rogue Valley Green Car Guide for local info
- Replace natural gas heating and cooling with efficient electric units – see https://www.fixr.com/comparisons/gas-vs-electric-furnace#sQ1 for details. EVEN BETTER, replace both furnace and air conditioners with a single heat pump.
- Improve Energy Efficiency
- Install solar to make your own energy
- Talk about climate change with your family and peer groups
- Consume thoughtfully
- Walk or bike when possible
- Avoid food waste
- Use less energy at home
- Be prepared for anything! Make a plan for your household to prepare for climate impacts such as smoke, extreme heat, and drought.
- Prepare an emergency kit – see
Ready.Gov List of Items for Preparing a Kit and Jackson County Preparedness Kit List
- Make a plan for communicating with family and friends
- Set prearranged meeting points and know your escape routes. Save the meeting place location on all of your phones
- Stay informed! During an emergency, timely information can save your life. Sign up for emergency text messages (https://ashland.or.us/nixle)
- Prepare your home for possible wildfires
- Prepare an emergency kit – see
- Connect With Community (Level 3 Actions)
- Work with local officials and business leaders – Steps toward community-based Renewable Energy
- Southern Oregon Climate Action Now (SOCAN) – promoting awareness and understanding about the causes and consequences of climate change, developing solutions, and motivating concerned citizens to take individual and collective action
- Rogue Climate – empowering Southern Oregon communities most impacted by climate change
- Sustainability at SOU – sustainable practices, environmental stewardship, and research that advances our understanding of local, regional, and global environmental issues